Paul Krugman explains strip mines and machinery "have allowed us to produce more coal with very few miners.” And so "The real war on coal, or at least on coal workers, took place a generation ago, waged not by liberal environmentalists but by the coal industry itself. And coal workers lost."
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>One of the least appreciated but easily-confirmed facts about the current state of the American economy is that the number of Americans employed by the government has gone down under President Obama. But apparently this is news to one the Republican Party's most prominent tea party conservatives.